Shirley W., a CN.com reader, shared a very interesting msnbc.com article she came across yesterday.

“Consumer groups warn that when it comes to organic cosmetics and personal care products, you may not get what you expect. ‘It’s the Wild West out there,’ says one industry expert.”

Are you an avid organic cosmetic consumer? Although I’m by no means a die-hard ‘all natural’ girl, I have been known to purchase random conditioners from Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe just because they tout ORGANIC on the label. Of course, these same conditioners usually cost $10 for an 8oz size bottle…but deep in my heart, I feel that it must be worth it! Usually, the product is a bust and must be returned or given away πŸ™

I do, however, (when I’m not in a hurry) take the time to read the label for suspicious ingredients. And more times than not, I’m sad to say, organic conditioners contain ingredients they should not have! According to the article:

“If you see a product that’s labeled organic but it doesn’t have the USDA Organic seal, do your homework. Check the ingredients and decide whether this product meets your expectations of organic.”

So what do you think? Are we being exploited? What measures should we take (or info should we arm ourselves with) before heading out to market? Should we forget the Organic labels, and just simply buy products that work for us?